Carrie Hempel enjoys dream job overseeing clinics

April 2, 2012

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For Prof. Carrie Hempel, teaching in a law school clinic is her dream job, combining her passions for teaching and social justice. She first realized this dream as clinical professor in USC Law's Post-Conviction Justice Project, where she and her students represented women prisoners seeking parole and battered women seeking to overturn their convictions. During her 15 years at USC, Prof. Hempel also argued a case before the California Supreme Court that resulted in a change in the state's parole standard, benefitting hundreds of prisoners. She describes coming to UCI Law as pursuing another dream job that adds "entrepreneurship in legal education" to the mix. As Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Service Learning, she now oversees eight clinics that range in subject from appellate litigation and immigrant rights to civil rights and international human rights. She also co-teaches in the Community and Economic Development Clinic.